Plan recommends changes for healthier Louisville

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 11:02 PM

LOUISIVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials have a plan to make Louisville a healthier city.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1h6EOiW) reports the multi-faceted proposal has 82 recommendations including a call for prohibiting sales of hookah products and e-cigarettes to minors, banning trans fats in local food, putting a stop to idling vehicles when air-quality is poor.

The 60-page plan, which was drafted by the city's health department with help from the mayor's office, was being released on Wednesday. Some of the recommendations would require new laws.

The report "is wide ranging, but it gives a better picture of what's needed in our community to improve our health status," said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. "We have a long way to go in terms of improving our position on those (health-ranking) lists."

The proposal seeks to improve residents' health by 2020.

"Improving the population's health is a tremendous undertaking," Mayor Greg Fischer said in a letter introducing the report, called "Healthy Louisville 2020: Creating a Healthier City." ''It is a challenge we embrace in order to make Louisville a competitive, 21st century city."

City leaders would need to work with a community coalition to begin implementing the plan as the next step, Nesbitt said.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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